Heart Patients Celebrate Another Holiday with Family and the Jewish Hospital VAD Team
(Louisville, KY – December 6, 2012) For individuals with heart failure, the holidays may be more than just gifts and caroling – it’s another milestone in survival. Approximately 60 people with implanted Ventricular Heart Devices (VADs), a blood pump that assists the heart in pumping blood through the body in patients with congestive heart failure, will be joined by their families and the Jewish Hospital VAD care team for a holiday luncheon to celebrate another year of life.
For some individuals, VADs are used as a bridge to transplant, for others it is an alternative to a heart transplant. Approximately 5.7 million Americans suffer from heart failure, and 550,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. About 250,000 die from heart failure annually. Most patients with VADs will have more energy than before the implant. For many, resuming daily activities they previously enjoyed, like visiting family and friends or shopping, which is a significant achievement in their battle against heart failure.
Jewish Hospital is as an approved facility to use ventricular assist devices as permanent support for patients with severe heart failure, which is known as “Destination Therapy.” Destination Therapy is used when a patient has severe heart failure but is not a candidate for transplantation.
What: Holiday Celebration for Heart Failure Patients and Families
When: Friday, December 7, 2012
Noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Jewish Hospital, Rudd Heart & Lung Center
Hank Wagner Conference Center
o Local heart patients and their families celebrating the holiday
o Jewish Hospital VAD physicians and team members interacting with patients and families
o Interviews available